The Flowers of Good and Evil AD 2010
How to portray a mood of helpless exposure to the faintest emotional counter
current, of prostrate vulnerability, of puking nausea, of utter desolation, of nameless and endless fear? As in this
painting, perhaps. Whereby it is important to mention why the sad state of affairs has come about in the first place.
Here it was triggered by the Flowers of Evil as depicted at the base of the mouth harp: Cannabis, Cocaine, Opium
and the like, but also hideous human inventions like Crack and Ecstasy that blow a young mind to smithereens in no
time at all. Which has clearly happened to the poor bastard who perches so precariously on the instrument’s long
tongue while burning the candle of life from both sides. Can he be saved? Maybe. But if not, and in case he opts for
an overdose as the only way out, he may do so with a last glimpse at what he has once so carelessly discarded for a
few delirious kicks: a world as sane and beautiful as the young goddess called Health that stands so surefooted on
the Flowers of Good.
120 x 80 cm oil on canvas